Connect with us

Politics

Donald Trump Drops Iraq From Travel Ban

Via: The Wall Street Journal

President Donald Trump recently announced a revised travel ban, blocking immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Contrary to Trump’s original executive order in January, Iraq is not included on the list of banned countries. The original executive order was met with widespread turmoil and pandemonium as immigrants, even those with green cards, were stuck in airports fighting legal battles to gain entry into the United States. The order was soon suspended by a federal court in a 3-0 ruling. Trump, as per usual, quickly responded to the court’s ruling via Twitter, where he exclaimed this:

According to an administration fact sheet, Iraq is said to: “increase cooperation with the U.S. government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States.” The order also states lawful permanent residents and those with valid visas are exempt from the travel ban, according to White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

The new travel ban applies to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Officials from Iraq and the United States have discussed vetting measures to prevent suspected Iraqi terrorists from entering the United States. Donald Trump spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in early February, which was then followed by an in-person meeting between Mike Pence and Haider al-Abadi in Munich later that month.

White House officials have emphasized that the travel ban does not focus on any religion, in particular, stating it is “not any way targeted as a Muslim ban…we want to make sure everyone understands that,” despite the fact that the ban applies to Muslim-majority countries. The ban on refugees, however, no longer specifies any particular religion or nation. Under the new order, all refugees are precluded from entering the U.S. for 120 days, whereas the original order banned Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The new order will take effect on March 16, and, as with the first travel ban, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union plan to fight it.

0
HeartHeart
0
HahaHaha
0
LoveLove
0
WowWow
0
YayYay
0
SadSad
0
PoopPoop
0
AngryAngry
Voted Thanks!
Sarah McDarmont
Written By

Sarah McDarmont is an 18-year-old college student from Tennessee. She is passionate about gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and vegan pizza. Her hobbies include petting dogs and spending way too much money on concert tickets.

7 Comments

Most Popular

US Labor Secretary Resigns Due to Decade Old Scandal

Politics

Hello, Madam President: Kamala Harris

Politics

“I’ve Never Met This Person In My Life,” Trump Lies

Op-ed

Political Gatekeeping In The LGBTQ+ Community

LGBT+

Advertisement https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js

Copyright © 2019 Affinity Magazine.

Connect